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Charleston School of Law Minority Law Day successfully encourages minority students to pursue aspirations of a legal career
Published:
1/22/2014 3:01:56 PM


JeRai Green
 

By Michelle Chester


The sponsors of Minority Law Day seek to equip minority students who aspire to be lawyers with tools how on to best prepare for a legal career. Minority Law Day is an event where middle school, and high school students can gain access to legal professionals, and information on how to secure a head state in preparing for the study of law.  

Suggested avenues include high school selection of Advanced Placement classes, maintaining an above average GPA, college application and SAT study tips, and participation in extracurricular activities. Student participants will be exposed to a discussion about legal issues relevant to their age group, where they will engage in interactive and guided conversation with a law professor from the Charleston School of Law. Students will also participate in the preparation and litigation of a mock trial overseen by a law professor serving as judge.

Minority Law Day has proven to be a success as evidenced by the admission of a former participant into the Charleston School of Law, in August of 2013. Ms. JeRai Green attended Minority Law Day as an 8th grade student at Haut Gap Middle School located on John’s Island, South Carolina. She recalled her participation in the mock trial portion of the event and remembered working on a scripted speech to present before the judge.

Ms. Green reported that as she stood nervous before the judge and attempted to present her case she stumbled over words. The judge stopped her and said, “Just explain the case to me in your own words.” Ms. Green reported that she regrouped and expressed her position vibrantly and with full force. The judge responded, “Now that’s how attorneys express their positions.”

The experience at Minority Law Day encouraged Ms. Green to pursue her dream of attending law school. This is manifested by her successful completion of undergraduate education at the University of South Carolina where she majored in English and Criminal Justice. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts in May of 2013. Ms. Green continues to further her ambitions towards a legal career as a student at the Charleston School of Law.

Minority Law Day has other residual positive effects. Mr. Dennis Muhammad, a College Support Coordinator at Military Magnet School, summarized a theory behind his strong support of the event when he reported that students who create long-term goals early in their education remain motivated to complete school. Mr. Muhammad is an event Chair of the Minority Law Day and has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the event a success.

Students interested in attending this year’s event can contact Mr. Dennis Muhammad by e-mail at dgmuhammad@charlestonlaw.edu. The 2014 Minority Law Day is sponsored by: Law School Admissions Council, Angela Graham McIver, Esq. from McIver & Graham, PA, Charleston School of Law, Black Law Students Association.
 

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Submitted By: Michelle ChesterSubmitted: 2/11/2014
Author is Michelle D. Chester, 3L at Charleston School of Law.


 
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